Il Nagorno-Karabakh è al centro di una annosa contesa territoriale tra Armenia e Azerbaigian che si trascina da circa 30 anni.
Lo scontro tra Armenia e Azerbaijan per il Nagorno Karabakh rischia di aprire un nuovo fronte tra Erdogan e Putin?
A series of direct contacts between Azerbaijan and Armenia have brought hope to the two countries’ decades-long impasse over Nagorno-Karabakh, a conflict that began as the Soviet Union collapsed. But while these meetings, on the heels of a change in power in the Armenian capital, bring new dynamism, much has to be done before true progress is possible.
These are interesting times for post-soviet politics watchers. Over the past months, we have witnessed several important political transitions in the region.
The Caucasus has been defined as a “broken region” by both practitioners and scholars. Although the regional “protracted” conflicts clearly represent a stumbling block to the development of inclusive cooperation schemes, nevertheless the “broken region” interpretation seems to hide a Western prejudice – i.e. a tendency to label as inefficient or ruinous any political relations regulated by values and interests different from the Western ones.
The interweaving of statements that preceded the April 24th anniversary contributed, once again, to clarify both the nature and the scope of the dispute related to recognition of the Armenian genocide. As a matter of fact, the political and diplomatic dimensions of the dispute have clearly overtaken its historical essence. This consideration appears to be evident whether looking at the dispute from the domestic Turkish and Armenian political perspectives or, rather, from the broader perspective of Ankara's and Yerevan's international relations.
The decade between 2003 and 2013 was a crucial moment for the consolidation of the post-Soviet Republics of the Southern Caucasus. The security context proved to be a major issue in the region, with a full-fledge conflict between Georgia and Russia over South Ossetia (2008) and an ongoing simmering conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia over Nagorno-Karabakh. Nonetheless, internal political stability improved in all three countries and their economies grew substantially.